McLaren’s Fernando Alonso will serve a mammoth 20-place grid penalty ahead of Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix after exceeding his engine allowance with three new elements in his Honda power unit.

The Spaniard has been forced to switch to a fifth different  Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), Turbo Charger and Motor Generator Unit (MGU-H) ahead of this weekend’s round at the Red Bull Ring.

The first of these changes leads to an automatic 10-place grid penalty under Article 28.4 of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations, with a further five-place penalty apiece for each additional fifth element being fitted.

The net result is a 20-place penalty, which Alonso can only serve in full in the highly unlikely event that he can haul his McLaren Honda MP4-30 onto pole position.

As he will be unable to serve the grid penalty in full, the two-time World Champion will incur one of the following four additional penalties during the race:

  • If between 1 and 5 grid places are untaken, a five-second time penalty will be served at the driver’s first pit stop
  • If between 6 and 10 grid places are untaken, a ten-second time penalty will be served at the driver’s first pit stop
  • If between 11 and 20 grid places are untaken, a drive-through penalty must be taken in the first three laps following the start of the race
  • If more than 20 grid places are untaken, a ten-second stop/go penalty must be taken in the first three laps following the start of the race

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